Derrek Chow is an inventor and artist

creating immersive light experiences and novel input devices.


Lost Searchlights

Process: An Audiovisual Experiment

Synaptic Resonance

Slay the Runway

Light on Clear Plastic Bag

Body, Light, Space



Out of Bounds

ATLAS Tower Lights

Face Sketches

SCOBY Breastplate

The SwissBall


The Hapstrument

Hackathon Projects

Creative Coding

From the Intercom


Derrek Chow is an inventor and artist exploring how computers can enable new forms of interaction and experience. Using design and technology as tools of inquiry, he creates experiential works in various forms such as artifact, installation, and performance.

Derrek received a degree in software engineering from the University of Waterloo where he studied in the Expressive Input & Interaction Group. He was a designer at RNDR and a Human-Computer Interaction researcher at the ACME Lab in the ATLAS Institute and the NTU HCI Lab in National Taiwan University.

Artist Feature

Featuring work created and performed in the B2 Center for Media, Arts & Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder in summer 2022. Directed by Ezekiel Miles.


Ching-Yi Tsai, I-Lun Tsai, Chao-Jung Lai, Derrek Chow, Lauren Wei, Lung-Pan Cheng, Mike Y. Chen. AirRacket: Perceptual design of Ungrounded, Directional Force Feedback to Improve Virtual Racket Sports Experiences. The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2022). 15 pages.

Fiona Bell, Derrek Chow, Hyelin Choi, Mirela Alistar. SCOBY Breastplate: Slowly Growing a Microbial Interface. The ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2023). 15 pages.

Fiona Bell, Derrek Chow, Eldy S. Lazaro Vasquez, Laura Devendorf, Mirela Alistar. Designing Interactions with Kombucha SCOBY. The ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2023). 5 pages.

Derrek Chow, Gracie Xia, Jasmine Ou. FormSense: A Fabrication Method to Support Shape Exploration of Interactive Prototypes. The ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2022). 3 pages.


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